Hiiii there, I'm CoolKirby!
Welcome to my personal homepage! Feel free to browse the tabs at your leisure.
I'm an indie game designer with many TASes I want to make but not much time to work on them.
I learned about TASing through videos on YouTube in 2010. Among those that piqued my interest were:
Eventually, I gave in to my curiosity and clicked on a link to this site under one of the videos and was very glad I did. After lurking on the Front Page and later the forums for a few months, I decided to become a member. But I couldn't decide on a username, so I left the registration page open while I took a break to play Kirby's Adventure on my NES. A bad pun that I made out loud while playing as Ice Kirby led to the decision to name myself "CoolKirby"!
I love TASVideos and I'm happy to help the site however I can, whether it's editing pages, commenting on the forum, submitting movies, or even making a quick encode for a submission people are dying to watch.
I've seen a lot of change in the almost 10 years since I joined, and though I'm absent here more often than not, I still love TASing and plan to get through my various projects someday.
I tend to work by myself, but I enjoy working in a team too, especially if it's a game that's long or otherwise daunting to TAS alone.
Private messages are always welcome. As long as I'm not busy with work or other responsibilities, I can help edit a page or publication, give a mini-tutorial on using an emulator or encoding, or just talk.
I also have
  • a YouTube account, where I upload WIPs and temporary encodes of my submissions
  • a Skype account at coolkirby2000 (though I haven't been on in years)
A list of the movies I've made that made it onto the site! I'm planning to branch out onto more consoles over time and maybe run more Kirby games someday too.
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E.T. The Extraterrestial, based on the film of the same name, is one of the worst video games ever released. It contributed to Atari's massive financial losses during 1983 and 1984. As a result of overproduction and returns, millions of unsold cartridges were buried in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill.
The game was developed in five weeks and Atari decided to skip audience testing for the product due to time limitations.
Using new tricks, CoolKirby manages to drag the phone components from the pits of doom 00:00.15 faster. For details, read the author's commentary.
Published on 12/26/2013 12:00 AM
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.5.2

E.T. The Extraterrestial, based on the film of the same name, is one of the worst video games ever released. It contributed to Atari's massive financial losses during 1983 and 1984. As a result of overproduction and returns, millions of unsold cartridges were buried in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill.
The game was developed in five weeks and Atari decided to skip audience testing for the product due to time limitations.
CoolKirby and Alyosha shave off 0.03 seconds (2 frames) by turning around at the third phone part.
Published on 11/5/2017 12:00 AM
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.2.1

You and your grandfather just bought a small farm for growing vegetables and raising horses. Unfortunately, you find that the place is infested with animals that are determined to drive you away. Using your trusty gun, you aim to rid the property of these pests.
This run completes the first three levels, after which there is no new content. A trick is used to end the bonus levels immediately by shooting Gramps.

Viewers who have photosensitivity problems may want to avoid watching as the amount of flashing visuals due to the use of the light gun can be uncomfortable to watch.
Published on 8/21/2014 12:00 AM
Game:
Barnyard Blaster

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.7.4

Choplifter is one of the few games that got ported from home systems to the arcade instead of the other way around. The goal of the game is to pilot an attack chopper to rescue 64 hostages from the clutches of the evil Bungeling Empire.
Besides being fun to play in real-time, it's also well-suited for TASing. It has fast-paced and lag-free gameplay, nice graphics, and simple mechanics. Both moving up and down and rotating the helicopter don't decrease your horizontal speed, which is great for both optimization and entertainment.
In this run, CoolKirby uses tool-assisted precision and tricks like blasting open enemy camps as soon as possible to beat the game in under three minutes.
We also have a movie of the Commodore 64 version.
Published on 6/25/2014 12:00 AM
Game:
Choplifter

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.7.0

In this game, you must move the frog to each berth at the top of the screen. There are three different types of areas.
The author completes the first 5 levels, after which there is no new content.
Published on 2/2/2014 12:00 AM
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.5.3

Based on the animated film from DreamWorks, Madagascar follows Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they attempt to stop Marty from leaving New York's Central Park Zoo and accidentally wind up in Madagascar. As the game progresses, the animals develop new skills to help them explore the island, such as the stealth crawl, the sneeze jump, and the claw climb.
The game also features the ability to switch between up to four characters at any time. This enables a host of new routes and tricks like rapidly switching characters to prevent damage knockback and enable a triple jump.
In this run, CoolKirby and YoungJ1997lol utilize these tricks to speed through the movie's plot in under half an hour.
Published on 12/7/2014 12:00 AM

Frogger 2 is a portable extension of the original Frogger. Once again, five frogs have wandered across the pond and Frogger has to rescue them. But this time around, our green hero has a lot more distance to cover. There are five large themed worlds he must hop through with dangerous new enemies like bees, rolling boulders and lava cauldrons.
The author, CoolKirby, races Frogger madly through the levels and rescues all of the babies in just under 10 minutes.
Published on 4/24/2013 12:00 AM
Game:
Frogger 2

Genres:
Action
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.4.1

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In this game featuring the famous SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob stumbles upon a legendary statue that opens the way to the Dutchman’s Underworld. SpongeBob must unlock the statue and defeat the Flying Dutchman to get the Golden Spatula and become the Master Fry Cook.
To beat this game in slightly more than seven and a half minutes, the author, CoolKirby, abuses the game's horrendous jumping mechanics, forgoes several unnecessary weapon upgrades, and avoids fighting with most minor enemies. For more information, see the submission.
Published on 4/9/2011 12:00 AM

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In this game featuring the famous SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob stumbles upon a legendary statue that opens the way to the Dutchman’s Underworld. SpongeBob must unlock the statue and defeat the Flying Dutchman to get the Golden Spatula and become the Master Fry Cook.
The authors improved the previous movie by 01:19.40, because of a new route and the fact that SpongeBob has mastered the art of flying a new glitch that allows him to jump very high. In fact, with the spring shoes equipped, he can go up as high as he wants until he hits an object. For more information, check out the submission text.
This run is a collaboration between the previous two authors, CoolKirby and jlun2, and nitrogenesis, who discovered the jump glitch and made two submissions before being bested by jlun2's attempt. This run is a whopping 00:13.10 faster than the best attempt by a single author. Teamwork is strength!
Published on 9/6/2011 12:00 AM

In this game featuring the famous SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob stumbles upon a legendary statue that opens the way to the Dutchman’s Underworld. SpongeBob must unlock the statue and defeat the Flying Dutchman to get the Golden Spatula and become the Master Fry Cook.
Here, CoolKirby improves on the previous co-authored run by 00:06.04 seconds through slightly different routes, a couple of new tricks, and better optimization. For more information, see the author's comments.

You can watch the complete run being played back on a console.
Published on 1/19/2014 12:00 AM

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is an RPG made by Nintendo and is the second game in the Paper Mario series following Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. It incorporates a world made of paper and turn-based battles, much like its predecessor. In it, Peach asks Mario to help find a treasure hidden in Rogueport. When he arrives, she is missing as usual, and he must collect 7 Crystal Stars to save her and open the Thousand-Year Door to collect the treasure.
A monumental effort of planning and execution, this run took 3 TASers 3 years to complete. There are many tricks and glitches used. The authors' comments contain a rundown of these, along with a chapter-by-chapter commentary.
Published on 3/31/2014 12:00 AM

Pac-Land is a classic platformer in which Pac-Man must travel across his colorful cartoon world to return lost fairies to Fairyland. This isn't as leisurely as it sounds, as his rivals, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde and Sue are out to get him along the way.
CoolKirby uses a warp early on, then plays until Round 32, after which there's no new content. Playing through quickly and moving troublesome ghosts out of the way, he beats the game in a little over 20 minutes.
Published on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
Game:
Pac-Land

Genres:
Action
Platformer
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 1.9.1

Pac-Land is a classic platformer in which Pac-Man must travel across his colorful cartoon world to return lost fairies to Fairyland. This isn't as leisurely as it sounds, as his rivals, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde and Sue are out to get him along the way.
Unlike the other run by the same author, this one avoids the level warp in order to play through all 32 stages as fast as possible.
Published on 12/17/2014 12:00 AM

Tigger's Honey Hunt is a 2000s game for PC, PSX, and N64. Winnie the Pooh wants to throw a party for his friends but needs to get a bunch of honey, so he asks Tigger to collect some for that silly old bear.
This TAS by EZGames69 and CoolKirby collects enough honey pots to help Pooh with his party in record time.

Commentary for this TAS has been provided in the subtitles for both the Youtube upload and the downloadable encode.
Published 19 days ago
Emulator Version:
BizHawk 2.7

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Kirby's Adventure is a colorful game that's very long for a NES title. However, a bug was discovered which caused unpredictable results (including triggering the credits) upon using the Stone power while entering the water.
This movie saves over five minutes from its predecessor. This is because instead of playing multiple levels to reach a spot for the glitch, a new wall-clipping trick is used in the third room of the very first level.
This movie was also the result of an intense frame war that spawned over a dozen attempts and ultimately resulted in an improvement of over 3 seconds of the initial attempt.

This movie has two YouTube encodes. The primary version has deliberately glitched ending graphics, whereas the second one displays proper graphics. Both versions have identical input except for the last frame.
Published on 6/22/2013 12:00 AM

Kirby's Adventure is a colorful game that's very long for a NES title. However, a bug was discovered which caused unpredictable results (including triggering the credits) upon using the Stone power while entering the water.
This movie saves 9 frames from its predecessor, thanks to better lag reduction due to interrupting movement.
Published on 2/1/2017 12:00 AM

In this sequel to the first 3D Frogger game, Swampy the crocodile has had enough of Frogger hopping on him to cross water in previous Frogger games, so he decides to get revenge by kidnapping the baby frogs in Frogger's pond. Realizing the babies are missing, Frogger and his new partner Lily Frog set out on an adventure to rescue them.
CoolKirby uses his TAS powers to make Frogger and Lily hyperactive, so they rescue their babies at their fastest. If you're looking for crazy hopping action, look no further!
Published on 10/4/2011 12:00 AM

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Ys: The Vanished Omens is the first in a long series of role-playing games. Young swordsman Adol Christin has arrived in the town of Minea, only to find that a great evil is sweeping the land. He must seek out the six books of Ys and use the knowledge they contain to defeat the evil forces.
But after our hero visits a nearby shop, the shopkeeper decides he likes him and gives him his personal copies of all the books of Ys to complete his quest.

The primary downloadable (HQ) encode has the author's commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 1/18/2015 12:00 AM

Anubis II (read: "Anubis, the Second") is a fast-paced platformer by Data Design Interactive, the creators of Ninjabread Man, Myth Makers: Trixie in Toyland and Rock 'n' Roll Adventures, all of which have virtually identical gameplay. The evil spirit Mumm'hotep has plunged Egypt into darkness, and Anubis II, the guardian of the tombs, sets out to stop him!
But it seems that this quest is much easier than it appears. After completely skipping going through the starting gate, Anubis decides to play a bunch of minigames. This somehow causes his quest to become completed. There was much rejoicing.
Published on 8/30/2014 12:00 AM

I tend to have many secret projects, and I'll usually be working on at least one of them. These projects may remain secret until they pop up on the Workbench, but that's how I work best.
There are, however, a few projects that I have made known I intend to work on, and these are listed below:
ConsoleGameRelative progressStatus/Morale
N64Daikatanasome promising progress, but will need to restart & optimize
SG-1000Bank Panicat Level 2, but will need to restart on BizHawk 2.x
PSXSpongeBob SquarePants: Superspongeat 2-1, but will need to restart on BizHawk
DSJezzballDS3/49 stages done, tough to optimize, may abandon
ColecoVenturefirst room done, but will need to restart on BizHawk 2.x
N64Blues Brothers 2000might do sometime, helping with RTA strategies for now
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